(ISN) – RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, Que. – For the 42nd time, Canada’s top Midget teams have gathered, this year in Rivière-du-Loup, to do battle for the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship, beginning April 20.
The 2015 tournament, hosted in partnership with Hockey Québec and Hockey Rivière-du-Loup, marks just the eighth time Quebec has played host since the inaugural Wrigley Cup in Oshawa, Ont., in 1974. Rivière-du-Loup joins Verdun (1978), Ste-Foy (1983), Sorel (1990), Sherbrooke (1995), Montreal (2000), Gatineau (2005) and Lévis (2010) as Quebec hosts.
The host Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame are joined by five regional champions: the Grenadiers de Châteauguay (Quebec), Newbridge Academy Gladiators (Atlantic), Regina Pat Canadians (West), Strathmore Bisons (Pacific) and Toronto Young Nationals (Central). The six competing teams will take to the ice at Centre Premier Tech hoping to earn one of the two berths in Sunday’s nationally-televised gold medal game.
This year’s field includes one team that has previously won Canada’s National Midget Championship; the Pat Canadians are one of just four teams to win four national titles, in 1983, 1988, 1994 and 1999. Newbridge Academy is making the ninth trip by a Dartmouth, N.S.-based team, Châteauguay and Toronto return for the second year in a row, while Collège Notre-Dame and Strathmore make their first-ever appearance at the national championship.
The gold medal game will be held Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT and will be shown on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters (check your local listings). All preliminary round games, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live via FASTHockey webcast through the game summary page at www.hockeycanada.ca/teluscup.
Athletes at the 2015 TELUS Cup will be competing not only for a national championship, but also to raise funds for local minor hockey. As the biggest fans of Canada’s biggest game, TELUS is dedicated to supporting Canadian athletes throughout Quebec and across the country.
Each year, TELUS donates millions of dollars to help grow the sport, from grassroots programs that help children get actively involved to the elite level with athletes competing for Canada on the world stage. Over the course of the 19-game tournament, TELUS will donate $50 for every goal scored to Hockey Rivière-du-Loup on the ice, as well as in the TELUS All Heart PowerShot Concourse Challenge, up to $5,000. This program will encourage teams and fans to give it their all while giving back to the community.
A number of future NHLers have taken part in Canada’s National Midget Championship since its inception in 1974, including 56 first-round draft picks, three No. 1 selections (Gord Kluzak, Wendel Clark and Sidney Crosby) and nine future Hockey Hall of Fame inductees(Glenn Anderson, Ron Francis, Mike Gartner, Al MacInnis, Larry Murphy, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic, Denis Savard and Steve Yzerman).
During the 2015 TELUS Cup, the Hockey Canada Century Tour will visit Rivière-du-Loup from April 20-26. As Hockey Canada celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Century Tour is travelling across the country, celebrating Canada’s game throughout the season with support from Heritage Canada, TELUS, Samsung, Canadian Tire and Respect Group.
The tour brings with it several interactive elements; from the Century Tour caravan powered by Samsung, to the TELUS Family Fan Zone and more, the tour has something for fans of all ages. At every stop, the Century Tour also honours a Canadian Tire Hero of Play, someone who has donated time and effort over several years back into their local hockey community.